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  1. #1
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    Default Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    Like every other bee keeper I know, I am kind of frugal..ok cheap. Has anyone here used mann lakes budget grade hive bodies. I need around 40 of them, and the difference between the commercial grade and budget grade is 100 dollars. I will use the budget if I can get some years out of them, but will not if they fall apart in a few years. Anyone here ever go with the budget and been happy?
    Thanks in advance.
    16 y, 30 hives ULBN, treat when needed.

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    Default Re: Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    Don't quote me, but I think Lauri ordered something like 500 of these this year. If you search her posts you'll see that she's happy with the budget quality.
    Dan Boylan, At it since 2007 in Pa Zone 6B, 13 hives, 7 nucs, treat when needed.

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    Default Re: Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    Have used them for a number of years primarily for honey supers. Don't let them lay around and warp; assemble them right away. Glue the finger joints judiciously, (tite-bond III) then prime them then one final coat of paint. They will last you many years. If you have any that just won't fit together and are milled wrong, let Mann Lake know.
    "Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay".....Krishnamurti

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    Default Re: Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    I'm with risky buzz. I bought 50 budget medium supers on sale a few years ago, and they've held up fine. As risky suggested I use a good primer and good topcoat. I did order more last summer and had 2 ends that split at the rabbet. I called ML, and they sent 2 replacements immediately. Best deal going unless you have a cheap supply and cut your own.

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    Default Re: Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    I bought ten deeps and found them a good value.

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    Default Re: Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    I've bought a lot of mine nine years ago and they are still going strong. I say use the budgets.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    Default Re: Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    Thats all i use is mann Lake budgets I cant see where the more expensive ones would be any better. once you put good primer and paint on them they would all look the same. Ive gotten a few that had some knots in the finger joints that split out a little sometimes, but it dont hurt a thing. I can buy the budgets from mann lake already pre cut cheaper than i can buy the lumber to build them myself. Ive gottes some at times that would be a little warped, but I will nail one end then use clamps to square it all up and finish nailing it up will straighten them right out. I started out gluing all the joints, but I dont even do that any more. Ive got some that are over 4 years old and I cant tell them from the new ones.

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    Default Re: Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    Budget is all I buy, and they've held up very well. The bees certainly can't tell the difference!
    Don't provoke a hive full of angry bees.

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    Default Re: Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    I bought budget med a few years ago. I am very satisfied

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    Default Re: Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    They work well for me!

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    Default Re: Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    Quote Originally Posted by iivydriff View Post
    Thats all i use is mann Lake budgets I cant see where the more expensive ones would be any better. once you put good primer and paint on them they would all look the same. Ive gotten a few that had some knots in the finger joints that split out a little sometimes, but it dont hurt a thing. I can buy the budgets from mann lake already pre cut cheaper than i can buy the lumber to build them myself. Ive gottes some at times that would be a little warped, but I will nail one end then use clamps to square it all up and finish nailing it up will straighten them right out. I started out gluing all the joints, but I dont even do that any more. Ive got some that are over 4 years old and I cant tell them from the new ones.
    Similar results - I don't glue anymore either, just use narrow crown staples. My boxes are up to 8 years old from Mann Lake, all are budgets - supers and hive bodies.

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